Sarah Shahi was set to star as the detective in the series, which would follow the character now in her 30s.
Iconic female detective Nancy Drew will not be coming back to television, at least on CBS. The network has passed on pilot ‘Drew’, which featured a modern reboot of the character, played by Sarah Shahi, after reportedly finding that the show had tested ‘too female’.
Sarah Shahi stars as Nancy Drew in crime drama ‘Drew’.
The pilot was one of many the network had been deliberating between and it came from former ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ showrunners Joan Rater and Tony Phelan. According to Deadline, bosses at CBS took extra time to deliberate between ‘Drew’ and Rater and Phelan’s other drama pilot ‘Doubt’, with the latter ultimately getting the green light.
The website reports that the ‘Drew’ pilot did test well, but CBS eventually decided that it ‘skewed too female’ for their schedule. The show is now said to be being shopped to other outlets by CBS TV Studios.
‘Drew’ stars ‘The L Word’ actress Sarah Shahi as the detective, now in her 30s and using her unique observation skills to solve crimes for the NYPD, all the while ‘navigating the complexities of life in a modern world’. The series also stars Anthony Edwards, Felix Solis and Rob McClure.
Legal drama ‘Doubt’, which has been given the go ahead, stars Katherine Heigl and ‘Orange is the New Black’s’ Laverne Cox. The drama centers on a successful defence lawyer (played by Heigl) who starts to fall for her charismatic client, who may or may not be guilty of a brutal crime.